The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

piano solo



The four movements of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn recreates a journey through the night to the breaking of dawn as magically captured in a chapter from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. This score is dedicated to Roy Howat who premiered all four movements during the work’s evolution covering a fourteen year span.



Prelude 2:45
Nocturne 3:05
Caprice 3:10
Finale 3:09


16 January 1991 (World Premiere of Caprice) Roy Howat
Kirkcaldy Music Society, Scotland

2001 Rosemary Tuck
ABC FM live broadcast

Hinde Street Church, London (Caprice)

2005 Karin Bernhard
Zurich, Switzerland.

2005 Roy Howat
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide (world premiere of new Finale).

Auditorium, University of Aveiro, Portugal. International Piano Festival.

2006 Roy Howat
Pangbourne College, UK

Pequeno Auditorio, Centro Cultural de Belem, Spain.

2017 Roy Howat
ABC FM broadcast.

ABC FM (Finale)

2018 Wendy Hiscocks
Nowra School of Arts, Australia (Caprice)

St. Jude’s, Bowral, Australia (Caprice)

Wesley Church in the Mall, Wollongong, Australia (Caprice).

Gerringong Town Hall, Australia (Caprice)

1991 Roy Howat
Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, Scotland

BBC Edinburgh studio recording, Scotland

Gordonstoun School, Scotland

Elphinston Hall, Aberdeen University, Scotland.

Southampton University, UK.

London City University, London, UK

Concert Hall, Cambridge

Liverpool University, UK

Exeter University, UK

The Old School, Leisters, UK

Binham Abbey, Norfolk, UK

University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales

Maison Debussy, St Germain-en-Laye, France.

British Embassy, Paris

Bibliothèque polonaise, Paris

Fine Arts Society, New Bond St, London

Chopin Society, London

Leeds University, Leeds, UK

1991 Daniel Martin-Lewis
Downer Room, Australia House, London

1992 Roy Howat
Kingsway College, London

BBC Northern Ireland

Windsor Castle Library, Berkshire, UK

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

RTHK (Radio Hong Kong)

University of New England, Armidale, Australia

ASKM, Adelaide, Australia

Canberra School of Music, Australia

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, Australia, ABC live recital

Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Australia

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Roy Howat, 24 May 1992, ABC FM broadcast

Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Hutt Valley Chamber Music Society, New Zealand

Wellington, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) Concert FM

Christchurch Arts Centre, New Zealand

School of Music, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Ripley Recitals Association, Bromley, Kent, UK

Aldeburgh Festival, Jubilee Hall, Suffolk, UK

Spitalfields Festival, London (World premiere of Prelude and Nocturne)

Binham Priory, Norfolk, UK

Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK

Gordonstoun Festival, Scotland

Purcell Room, London

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Brunel University, London

Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

1992 Sally Mays

1993 Roy Howat
Ludlow Music Society, Ludlow, UK

West Kilbride Music Club, West Kilbride, Scotland

Liverpool University, UK

University Theatre, University of Liverpool, UK.

Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Hawaii Public Radio broadcast, Honolulu, Hawaii.

University of Queensland, Australia

Armidale Town Hall, Armidale, Australia

Jetty Memorial Theatre, Coffs Harbour, Queensland

Marama Hall, Otago, New Zealand

Wollongong University, Australia

Recital Hall, Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Tasmania

Bendestorf Klaviertage, Hamburg, Germany

Geesthacht, Germany

Akaroa Gallery, New Zealand

Aotea Centre, New Zealand

Auckland School of Music, New Zealand

Town Hall, Zeven, Germany

1993 Rosemary Tuck
Silkeborg Kunstmuseum, Silkeborg, Denmark (Caprice)

1993 Lyn Garland
The Palace, Valletta, Malta

1994 Rosemary Tuck
Canberra School of Music, Canberra (Caprice)

1994 Roy Howat
Auditori del Centre Cultural la merce, Girano, Spain.

1994 Wendy Hiscocks
Les Musicales Gabriel Faure, Annecy-le-vieux, Switzerland

1995 Roy Howat
Luton Music Club, UK

Town Hall, Armidale, Australia (Premiere of complete work)

Basil Jones Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Queensland, Australia

University of Sydney, Australia

School of Music, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ

Waimakariri Community Arts, Rangiora, New Zealand

Akaroa Gallery, New Zealand

War Memorial Hall, Wanganui, NZ.

Music Theatre, University of Auckland, NZ

James O Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia.

ABC FM recording.

Girona, Spain

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

RTHK (Hong Kong Radio) recording

1996 Roy Howat
Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC, Sydney. Live broadcast.

Alliance Francaise, Enterprise House, Unley, Adelaide, Australia.

Grand Salle du College de St. Maurice, RTSR live broadcast L’heure musicale

Conservatoire de Neuchatel, Switzerland

Church of St. Bitolph, Bishopsgate, London

Ripley, Bromley, Kent.

1996 Jenny Quick
St. Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon.

RNIB Music Club, London, UK

1998 Roy Howat
Leeds Grammar School, Leeds, UK.

Concerts Astoria, Brussels, Belgium.

Great Hall, Dartington Summer School, Devon.

George M. Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp Concert Hall, University of Virginia, USA.

Talmadge Recital Hall, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, USA